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Scottish Parliament 'debacle' blamed for low poll turnout

The record low turnout in last week's elections in Scotland was due to the 'debacle over the new Parliament building', according to the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Donald Gorrie MSP said the 'drip drip drip' of adverse publicity over the cost hikes of Enric Miralles and RMJM's Parliament building - from an original estimate of £10 million to the latest of £400 million - has led voters to question the value of devolution.

'This problem is not an invention of the media, ' Gorrie told the AJ.

'When I was out on the stump, and chatting to voters, this was seen as a really big issue.' This was 'one of the main reasons' for the 48 per cent turnout, he said. 'It is a little unfair that the building reflects on the parliament as a whole because the choice of designs and the procurement method were decided by the government before we were even elected for the first time.'

But Gorrie added that once the building is complete it might have a reverse affect. 'Voters will forget the cost and the new parliament might add to civic pride.'

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